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Out of the night that covers me
Back as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.

First verse of Invictus, by Henley..
 
When the Cambrian measures were forming, they promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed they sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: 'Stick to the Devil you know.'

From "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" Kipling.
 
Tis The Gift To Be Simple, 'Tis The Gift To Be Free
'Tis The Gift To Come Down Where You Ought To Be
And When We Find Ourselves In The Place Just Right
'Twill Be In The Valley Of Love And Delight.

When True Simplicity Is Gained
To Bow And To Bend We Shan't Be Ashamed
To Turn, Turn Will Be Our Delight
'Till By Turning, Turning We Come Round Right.

'Tis The Gift To Be Simple, 'Tis The Gift To Be Free
'Tis The Gift To Come Down Where You Ought To Be
And When We Find Ourselves In The Place Just Right
'Twill Be In The Valley Of Love And Delight.

Elder Joseph Bracket
Shaker hymn
 
When Harvard Biology Prof John R. Raper thought a grad student's conclusions from his data were less than compelling he would say "You heard the story about the two colonists talking about Indians? One asks 'Do Indians always walk in single file?' The other replies, 'Yes. That must be true. I only saw one but he was.'"
 
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You got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealing's done

chorus from The Gambler, Kenny Rogers. Correction: Don Schlitz
 
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IT IS CUSTOMARY IN DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES TO DEPLORE EXPENDITURES ON ARMAMENTS AS CONFLICTING WITH REQUIREMENTS OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES.
HOWEVER, THERE IS A TENDENCY TO FORGET THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT SOCIAL SERVICE THAT A GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR ITS PEOPLE IS TO KEEP THEM ALIVE AND FREE.


SIR JOHN SLESSOR ,
MARSHALL OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
 
"The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling."

Thomas Sowell

"And, the problem with the difference between thinking and feeling is that when asked to be analytical, little Johnny perceives that to have something to do with his butt."

HooYah's Addendum
 
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"The man who works with a stick is going to defeat the man who plays with a sword" — John Simpson

"If you can't handle me at my worse than you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best" — Marilyn Monroe

"Every book you pickup has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones." — Stephen King

"And be grateful. Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real" —Thomas Harris
 
" I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth[e] last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"
Winston Churchill, as Britain prepared to hold off the Nazis alone in WWII.
 

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